Johnny Depp
, star of the upcoming adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, told reporters that he would be among the very few cast members returning for the next Pirates of the Caribbean films, but insisted that the sequels wouldn't be a one-man show. "There's no Keira or Orlando in there," he explained Saturday at a press conference in Hollywood, Calif. "[But] I don't know. I don't think we'd ever throw too much Jack Sparrow in there. There will be a little bit of everybody."

Depp, who helped propel the original Pirates films to monumental success with his iconic portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow, also said that the departure of Disney chairman Dick Cook in September of 2009 hasn't discouraged him from the prospect of future films in the series being successful. "One thing that I found very reassuring was a very good conversation with Dick Cook," Depp revealed. "[He] is someone who I admire greatly and, so yeah, that helped a lot. And also, knowing that we're coming at it from a different angle at this point, with Rob Marshall and totally new take, it's a new story."

When asked what Cook said to quell his fears, Depp demurred, "he was a perfect gentleman about the entire [thing]."

Meanwhile, Depp indicated that he expected or at least hoped that his forthcoming big-screen update of the Dark Shadows series might start as soon as this year. "I see it going this year," he said. "I hope it does. I do, yeah."

Alice in Wonderland opens in theaters nationwide on March 5, 2010.
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